Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the boundary safeties.
Brandon King, senior: Appeared in all 14 games (no starts); Seven tackles (two solo, five assisted)
Josh Holsey, junior: Started first six games before tearing his knee and missing rest of season; 17 tackles (11 solo, six assisted), 0.5 TFL, one INT, one PBU, two QBHs
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Derrick Moncrief: 66 tackles, three interceptions (Numbers from past season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss.)
1a. Khari Harding
Analysis: Talk about splitting hairs.
Going on gut instinct alone, methinks Holsey would be the starter here if the season opener was Saturday. But he's been held out of contact since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last October. No matter how talented you are, that's a lot of time without getting into a one-on-one collision with another player. Good thing for the Tigers that this is a fairly deep position. Even with Harding's move to weakside linebacker in the middle of the spring, Auburn still has a pair of junior college transfers in Moncrief and King who showed growth this spring.
And here's the thing: Even if Holsey was healthy, Moncrief might end up winning the starting job, anyway. That's how impressive he was this spring. Besides, Holsey has shown that he can play either safety or corner, so he'll probably wind up in the lineup somewhere.
Despite the gains King made this spring, he can't rest easy. Aside from Holsey's possible return to this spot, he'll also have a pair of freshmen — Opelika's own Stephen Roberts and Georgia native Markell Boston — nipping at his heels when they step on campus this fall.